Shelby G. Floyd
In my daily Bible readings I came across this verse in the book of Ecclesiastes. It had nothing to do with the political movements of that day.
“A wise man’s heart is at his right hand, But a fool’s heart at his left” (Ecclesiastes 10:2 NKJV).
It is commonly understood that today “the right hand” usually refers to a dependable position, such as, “This is my right handed man;” whereas, “the left hand” is not mentioned. “The left” and “the right” can be used in reference to religious ideas and many others. For example, Jesus referred metaphorically to the coming judgment at the last day by saying “the sheep” will be on “the right hand” and “the goats” located on “the left hand.” It is understood the sheep will be saved and the goats will be lost:
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left” (Matthew 25:31-33).
Jesus changed the figure of speech, but it means the same thing when he said, “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
Now when Solomon said that a wise man’s heart directs him to the right, but the foolish man’s heart directs him to the left, he didn’t say how far to the right or to the left one should go. From reading the New Testament, we know that religiously the Sadducees were far to the left, because they denied spirits and angels and the resurrection of the body from the dead. On the other hand, the Pharisees went so far to the right that they wanted to make laws where God had not made them. And this is what happens when people become radical. The truth is usually in the middle of the road, not too far to the right or too far to the left. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees on the far right and he rebuked the Sadducees on the far left.
Let us stay religiously with the word of God. It provides everything that we could possibly need: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
And as heirs of the Land of the Free, let us stay with the Constitution of the United States of America. It has stood us in good stead!
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